Pacquiao not happy with win over Mosley, wanted the fight to be more exciting
By Jason Kim: World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) is pleased that he got the win over Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KO’s) last Saturday night, but Pacquiao isn’t happy that many boxing fans were booing the fight and weren’t pleased with the lack of action in the 12 round bout. Pacquiao won the fight by an easy 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 119-108, 120-108 and 120-107. However, the fans weren’t happy and had few things to get excited about in the fight because Mosley didn’t want to engage with the younger 32-year-old Pacquiao.
Pacquiao wanted to put on a show for the fans and spoke about that at length for weeks going into the fight. Pacquiao seemed to be oblivious to how Mosley had fought against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year when Mosley went into survival mode early on and just rode out the rest of the fight not taking any chances at getting hurt. Pacquiao pointed out that the fight wasn’t interesting against Mosley because Mosley didn’t want to engage. He was hoping that Mosley would at least fight hard for the first half of the fight before running out of gas.
That was what Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach thought would happen. He figured that Mosley would put in five or six good rounds before gassing out and then looking to survive. Instead, Mosley fought well in the 1st round and then seemed to go in survival mode starting in the 2nd round until the 12th. Mosley did fight a little in the 12th, but by then it was far too late to make up for the other dull rounds that had caused many fans to boo loudly. The fans started piling out of the MGM Grand starting in the 11th.
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